ABC “Make Me a Star” Online Open Casting Call

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In an effort to tap into America’s undiscovered actors and comedians, ABC is launching its first ever digital talent outreach contest titled ABC Make Me A Star.

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What is ABC Make Me a Star?
ABC Make Me a Star is ABC’s first ever digital talent outreach contest that gives America’s undiscovered actors and comedians a chance to showcase their talent to the world.

Who can enter the contest?
We’re looking for aspiring actors and comedians to submit a video of their acting or stand-up comedy performance. You may enter either as an Actor or a Comedian, but not both, and may submit to either the Public Competition or the Private Competition, but not both.

See below for the eligibility requirements for entrants.

What is the difference between the Public and Private Competitions?
The difference between the two is how the winners of each are selected and the prizes that are awarded.

For the Public Competition, ABC will review the entries and select a group of finalists whose videos will then be posted to both the ABC Make Me a Star Website and the ABC Casting Facebook Page for the public to vote on. The winner of the Public Competition will receive a 6-month $10,000 talent option agreement with ABC.

For the Private Competition, ABC will review the entries to select the finalists, and then will review the finalists to select a winner. There is no public vote in the Private Competition. The winner of the Private Competition will receive a one-year $25,000 talent holding agreement with ABC.

You may enter either as an Actor or a Comedian, but not both, and may submit to either the Public Competition or the Private Competition, but not both.

See the Official Rules for complete details on the Public and Private Competitions.

What are the entry limits?
There is a limit of one (1) entry per person during the contest entry period.

You must submit as either an actor or a comedian (but not both), in either the Public or Private Competition (but not both), and, must submit your video to either the ABC Make Me a Star Website or the ABC Casting Facebook Page (but not both).

What must I include in my video submission?
Your video submission must consist of two parts: the “Introduction” and the “Performance.” Your combined video’s totallength must be no longer than 3 minutes.

The Introduction – up to 1 minute:
– State your full name and where you’re from (but don’t include any other personal information such as phone numbers or email addresses).
– Answer one of the ABC Make Me a Star questions listed below:
– What is your favorite word and why?
– What sound do you love and why?
– Who is your celebrity crush and why?

The Performance – up to 2 minutes (this should immediately follow your Introduction):
– If entering as an actor, your performance must be a single character’s part from one of the scenes provided for your gender (male entrants will perform male parts and female entrants will perform female parts from the scripts provided).
– For each gender, there are 4 parts/scripts to choose from.
– Scripts can be found on the ABC Make Me a Star Website and the ABC Casting Facebook Page.

– If entering as a comedian, your performance must be your own original standup comedy material.

Read the Official Rules for complete details on how to enter and what to include (and what not to include) in your video.

If I am entering as an actor, do I only read my part, or should I read the other parts in the script as well?
You should only read one part from the script you select. However, actors must have one (1) person off-camera reading the other parts/lines of their chosen script. This person must be off-camera, must be at least 18 and you must have that person’s written permission to include him/her in your contest video.

See the Official Rules for complete details on the off-camera reader for those entering the Contest as an actor.

What are the video restrictions?
You’ll want to check the Official Rules for full details and restrictions, but all video submissions:
– Must be original (if entering as an actor, “original” refers to your reading and interpretation of the script);
– May not include any music;
– Must not contain content that is obscene, indecent or offensive;
– Must be submitted during the entry period (i.e., from June 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. PT until July 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PT).

What are the time/size/formatting requirements for my entry video?
– Your entire video must be no more than three (3) minutes in length (up to one (1) minute for your “introduction” and up to two (2) minutes for your “performance”).
– Video submissions must be in one of the following formats: MOV, AVI, MPEG, MPG, MP4, FLV, M4V, WMV, and 3GP.
– Video submission must be no lower than 400×300.
– Video submission file cannot exceed 2,000 MB in size.

How do I submit my video?
1. Once you’ve recorded your video, visit either the ABC Make Me a Star Website or the ABC Casting Facebook Page to enter.

– If entering on the ABC Make Me a Star Website, you’ll need to log in to your abc.com account to proceed. If you don’t have an abc.com account, you can sign up for free on the website by following the instructions on the page.
– If entering on the ABC Casting Facebook Page, you must grant the necessary permission/authorization to the ABC Facebook application, unless you have previously given this permission for another ABC promotion through this application on Facebook.

2. You must choose whether you are submitting your entry into the Public Competition or Private Competition, and whether you are submitting as an actor or as a comedian.
3. Once you’ve made your decision, complete the entry form and follow the instructions to submit your entry.
4. In order to enter, you will need to click the two check boxes on the submission form signifying that you: (1) are 18 or older, meet the Contest eligibility requirements and have read and agree to Contest Official Rules; and (2) have read and agree to ABC’s Terms of Use.

Read the Official Rules for complete details on how to enter.

What are the eligibility requirements for entrants?
The contest is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who possess the unrestricted right to work in the United States and are at least 18 years of age at time of entry. Neither an entrant into the Contest nor their immediate family members and/or household members may have, within six (6) months prior to the start date of the Contest, performed services for ABC or any other entities involved with the Contest.

See the Official Rules for complete details on the eligibility requirements.

When can I enter the contest?
The entry period begins on June 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. PT and ends on July 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PT on the ABC Make Me a Star Website and the ABC Casting Facebook Page.

How will the winners be chosen?
For the Public Competition, ABC will review all eligible submissions, which will be judged using the following three (3) equally weighted criteria: quality of performance, creativity and originality. Up to ten (10) submissions will advance to Public Voting. Then, from 12:01 a.m. PT on August 12, 2013 until 11:59: pm PT on August 23, 2013, the finalists’ video submissions will be posted on ABC Make Me a Star Website and the ABC Casting Facebook Page where America will be able to vote on their favorite video. Each person may submit only one (1) vote per day during the voting period. The finalist who receives the highest number of valid votes will be deemed the winner of the Public Competition, subject to verification of eligibility.

For the Private Competition, ABC will review all eligible submissions, which will be judged using the following three (3) equally weighted criteria: quality of performance, creativity and originality. Up to ten (10) submissions will advance to the Private Finalist stage, where ABC will determine the Private Grand Prize winner by applying the following two (2) criteria to the judging, in addition to the earlier stated criteria: technical skill set; and potential star quality.

See the Official Rules for complete details on judging and winner selection.

When will I know if I am selected as a potential finalist?
Potential finalists for both the Public Competition and the Private Competition will be notified during the judging/finalist confirmation period. All finalists will be contacted using the contact information provided at the time of entry.

What happens if I am selected as a potential finalist?
If selected as a potential finalist, you will be provided with all of the necessary paperwork you will need to complete and return. This finalist paperwork includes documents such as an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Indemnification, Grant of Rights, a Publicity Release, either ABC’s standard talent option agreement (if you are a potential finalist in the Public Competition) or the talent holding agreement (if you are a potential finalist the Private Competition) and any other documents or releases required to be confirmed as a finalist.

You will have five (5) business days from when you are sent the finalist paperwork to complete and return all required documents, which is required in order to be confirmed as a finalist.

Please see the Official Rules for full details on finalist notification and requirements.

How do I find out if I’ve won?
Winners for both the Public and Private Competitions will be announced on the ABC Make Me a Star Website and the ABC Casting Facebook Page on August 30, 2013.

What are the prizes?
The winner of the Public Competition will receive a 6-month $10,000 talent option agreement with ABC.

The winner of the Private Competition will receive a one-year $25,000 talent holding agreement with ABC.

Please see the Official Rules for complete prize details.

Where can I see the Official Rules?
The Official Rules contains all details regarding the Contest and can be found here.

IN THE EVENT OF ANY INCONSISTENCY BETWEEN THESE FAQ AND THE OFFICIAL RULES, THE TERMS OF THE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL GOVERN.